The DOJ’s New Sentencing and Charging Policy Presents Challenges and an Opportunity.

By Haris Alic On May 10th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new charging and sentencing policy tying the hands of prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” In most cases, as the Memorandum outlines, “the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum […]

Attorney General’s Charging Recommendations Highlight Need for Congress to Enact Laws Based on Conservatives’ Gains in Strengthening State Justice Systems

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday outlined a new charging policy for U.S. Attorneys. It restricts federal prosecutors’ use of discretion in individual cases and urges them to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” Steve Hawkins, president of the Coalition for Public Safety, and Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. […]

Coalition for Public Safety Celebrates Second Chance Month

Today, the Coalition for Public Safety participated with Prison Fellowship in the first inaugural Second Chance Month press conference. Second Chance Month recognizes that each individual within our justice system is worthy of redemption and has potential. By celebrating this month, the Coalition seeks to recognize the potential of the 65 million men, women and […]

How faith-based organizations are transforming our nation’s incarceration system

Below is an op-ed written by our President, Steven W. Hawkins, for the Washington Examiner.  At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump declared that the nation’s fate depends on the opportunities available to society’s most vulnerable: “America will succeed so long as our most vulnerable citizens—and we have some that are so vulnerable—have a path […]

Coalition for Public Safety Names Georgia Governor Deal First Champion of Justice Reform

Largest bipartisan reform coalition launches Champions of Justice Reform campaign Washington, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for Public Safety launched a year-long “Champions of Justice Reform” series by naming Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia as their first champion. Since taking office, Governor Deal has made justice reform a top priority of his Administration. Partnering with […]

Law Enforcement Experts Detail How Smart Justice Reform Strengthens Public Safety

Incoming State Attorney from Florida, South Carolina Head of Corrections, and Massachusetts Sheriff Outline Their “Law and Order” Approach to Justice Reform The Coalition for Public Safety and the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organizations working to reform the justice system on the state and the federal level, hosted a forum on Tuesday […]

Coalition for Public Safety Congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump

The Coalition for Public Safety is ready to work with President-elect Trump and his transition team to ensure positive change in a safer, more just America. We believe that after a long and disputed presidential race, justice reform provides a positive, unifying message that can heal and bring the nation together and we are ready […]

Final Tracking Poll Confirms Broad Grassroots Consensus on Justice Reform

**View Full Results Here** The Coalition for Public Safety, the nation’s largest bipartisan organization working to reform our criminal justice system, has released the final results of an ongoing tracking poll, revealing a growing wave of support for smart justice reform. Amid a contentious political process, a growing majority of respondents support measures to change […]

National Youth Justice Awareness Month

The Coalition and its partners seek to educate policymakers and the public on the need to improve juvenile justice system outcomes and safely reduce youth confinement by: Focusing juvenile system dollars on evidence-based practices, relying on high-quality research and statutory incentives. Improving responses and access to treatment for justice system-involved youth with mental health needs. […]